While SUVs get a lot of attention from today’s buyers, many consumers are in the market for a midsize family sedan. This segment has many competitors, but most models don’t do much to rise above the pack. The 2020 Mazda6 is one sedan that can’t be ignored, exciting buyers with sporty good looks, incredible driving dynamics and a luxurious interior. The folks at the Mazda service department near Henderson know cars, and they believe the Mazda6 is a model that rivals can’t match.
Buyers in the market for a midsize sedan may be considering the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. We’ll look at both models and discover which one is the best buy.
Mazda6 buyers get a choice of two engines. According to the Henderson area Mazda service, the Mazda6’s upgraded powerplant is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Neither of the Sonata’s two engines can match this. The most power you’ll get from the Sonata’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. You’ll enjoy the Mazda6’s faster acceleration.
The 2020 Mazda6 delivers a more engaging ride and better driving dynamics than the 2020 Hyundai Sonata. A recent review from U.S. News & World Report found that the Sonata provided unenthusiastic handling. The magazine called the Mazda6’s handling nimble and went on to write that it’s “one of the most enjoyable sedans in its class to drive.”
The 2020 Mazda6’s standard G-Vectoring Control Plus system helps to provide exceptional handling. This system applies light braking to the outer wheels and shifts the vehicle’s weight forward to provide even more traction when cornering and taking tight turns.
We’ve never encountered an auto buyer who was looking for a cramped, tight cabin. Fortunately, the Mazda6 has plenty of interior space, with lots of room for the driver and passengers to stretch out and stay comfortable. The backseat is incredibly supportive. Rear-seat passengers will appreciate the extra 3.9-inches they’ll get compared to those sitting in the rear of the Sonata.
The 2020 Mazda6 interior provides a wow factor that can’t be ignored, especially at the upper Signature trim level. The Signature comes with luxurious features like Nappa leather seating, genuine Sen wood accents and faux suede dash trim.
Both SUVs are safe, but the 2020 Mazda6 takes safety to a higher level. The Mazda6 received the top designation of Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. The Sonata was named a Top Safety Pick, which is a step down from the Mazda6.
Blind-spot monitoring is standard on all Mazda6 trims. If you want this feature on the Sonata, you’ll have to choose one of the more expensive upper trims.
There’s nothing seriously wrong with the 2020 Honda Sonata, but when you compare it with the 2020 Madza6, it just falls short. The Mazda6 handles better, gets a more potent engine, and has a higher safety score.